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Uganda: Churches Fight New Restrictive Draft Religious Policy

Among the Christians of Uganda are around 35,000 Orthodox Christians. For information about the Uganda Orthodox Church, which is part of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, see here.

“Now, It’s Uganda: Churches Fight New Restrictive Draft Religious Policy,” by Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter, June 6, 2024:

Now, it’s Uganda. In Kenya, Pastor Paul Mackenzie of Shakahola’s Good News International Church is in jail, accused of having promoted an extreme form of fasting that caused the death of more than 400 of his followers. It was an easy prediction that the incident would be used to import into Africa the usual anti-cult rhetoric, to crack down on the religious freedom of all churches, and to revamp proposals to put religion under state control that had already been advanced in South Africa, Rwanda, and elsewhere.

After a Kenyan Senate Committee produced a controversial report that liberally borrowed from European and Japanese anti-cultism, now it’s Uganda. A governmental body called Directorate of Ethics and Integrity, established to fight corruption but called “shameless and redundant” by critical local media, is peddling a National Religious and Faith Organizations Policy, seeking political support. Isolated incidents in Uganda and the unavoidable Good News case in Kenya are mentioned to promote a policy that would ask religious organizations to submit to the government their accounts, including of manual gifts collected during religious services, have pastors or leaders trained by government-approved institutions, and report to an umbrella organization controlled by the state….

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